a Casino Will Impact Our Community
Though it is being
presented as a help to our neighborhood, a casino will be a Trojan horse,
profiting mainly the wealthy corporate executives and leaving the city and our
neighbors with all the problems:
|Fewer Jobs: |
Every new slot machine
kills 1-2 jobs per year because each machine removes more than $100,000
annually from the consumer economy. The East Boston casino proposal calls for
4,000-5,000 slot machines. 
Local Businesses Suffer:
percent of independent restaurants closed in Atlantic City after the casinos
opened there , and a third of the city's retail businesses have since closed
. Casino owner Donald Trump famously said: "People will spend a
tremendous amount of money in casinos, money that they would normally spend on
buying a refrigerator or a new car. Local businesses will suffer because they
lose customer dollars to the casinos."
5-7-year honeymoon period in which crime stays the same or decreases slightly,
rates of assaults, larcenies, burglaries, robberies, murders, and auto theft
increase go up from 22-114 percent. 
|Addiction and Bankruptcies Increase: |
Gambling addiction rates double in communities surrounding casinos, increasing
from around 1-2 percent to 3-5 percent.  If the populations of Boston,
Revere, Chelsea, and Winthrop see just a 1 percent increase in gambling
addiction, the casino would create 7,200 new problem gamblers – double the
number of jobs the complex promises to create. Personal bankruptcies increase
by more than 18 percent in surrounding communities. 
10,000-15,000 new vehicles will be on our roads every day, further congesting
an already unequipped Route 1A. The $40 million in "improvements" do
not come close to meeting the infrastructure improvements needed to support a
casino -- which would cost around $500 million, according to a study conducted
by Seagull Consulting, for Sen. Anthony Petruccelli. 
decrease, car insurance rates increase, predatory lending increases, and air
pollution is worsened.
Why would we willingly
invite this unknown entity, this Trojan horse, into our community — one which
has seen unprecedented positive growth over the last 20 years?
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